Homeowners take clear water for granted until they experience an issue with rusty or discolored water. Rusty water disrupts bathing, washing clothes and dishes and drinking. Severe health issues can be caused as well.
If you notice your water is rusty, call Estes Services immediately. We will inspect your plumbing, identify the problem and correct the issue so you can have clear water immediately!
Causes of Rusty Water
Iron compounds in your water cause it to appear rusty in color. There are several reasons for iron to appear in your water and sometimes rusty water is present regardless of the temperature of your water. Below are a few causes:
- Plumbing system requires maintenance
- Depressurization of the system
- Water heater sediment
- Water main break
- Flushing of the water hydrant
- Damage from construction
- Iron pipes are corroded
- Street sweeping
- Oxidization of bacteria
All of these issues can cause iron to appear in your tap water, whether the water is hot or cold. If rust only appears in your water when it’s hot, that suggests something else is wrong with your plumbing system.
The most common cause of rusty water is sediment buildup in the bottom of your hot water heater. Sediment is dislodged when the tap is opened, and water swirls around the tank. The sediment flows through your pipes and out of your tap. This might be a sign you need a new water heater.
Installing a new water heater will be less expensive compared to the damage an old water heater will cause to your home. Estes Services has several different water heaters for you to choose from and our plumbing experts will install a new water heater properly so you will experience healthy water quickly.
Outdated Plumbing System
If you have an outdated plumbing system, rusted pipes are common. If you suspect your plumbing system is old, call Estes Services to have your system inspected and any rusted or damaged pipes replaced. An outdated plumbing system can be costly to replace, and if you don’t replace damaged pipes, you may have expensive flood damage to deal with eventually.
Oxidizing bacteria is another reason for rusty water. It uses iron as a food source, resulting in iron oxide, also known as rust. Oxidizing bacteria is normally present in well water, and it can infest a hot water heater. A plumbing professional will know how to sterilize your water heater and eliminate the bacteria causing your water to appear rusty.
Solutions for Rusty Water
If the problem is not in your home, it may resolve itself over time. You should alert your municipality or water company so they can identify and track such issues. However, if the problem is your water heater or plumbing system, call professionals to assist you with your rusty water problem. Since 1949, Estes Services has helped residents in and around Atlanta with plumbing issues of every kind. We know what your home needs and will deliver the quickest and highest quality service for your plumbing system.